Blueprint (planning). Photo by Sven Mieke on Unsplash

Progress for new Matlock cinema as council gives green light

Derbyshire Dales District Council has given the green light to move ahead with the next stage of work to enable development of a new cinema in Matlock in its under-utilised market hall, firing the starting gun in the Council’s fightback against the economic impact of Covid-19. At an extraordinary council meeting on Wednesday (25 November) councillors voted in favour of bringing forward plans for the new indoor leisure attraction for Matlock and also for enclosure of part of the covered bus bay area as a food & beverage unit –…

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Gina Capitanini ©Italian Village

US restaurant closures could accelerate as winter sets in

Unless another round of federal aid to small businesses is approved soon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s order to shut down indoor dining statewide starting Nov. 4 could wipe out thousands of Illinois restaurants, industry officials say. The original ban on indoor dining was lifted in stages over the summer, but a late autumn wave of coronavirus infections led Pritzker to reimpose a shutdown, and restaurants now face a long winter with few customers or prospects. “We’re not really making it,” Italian Village proprietor Gina Capitanini said. “Every day is a loss and every month…

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Moviegoing teeters as 700 North American cinemas close ‘overnight’

Amid an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, 646 theaters closed late last week in the U.S., along with 60 locations in Canada. It’s no surprise why box office observers are trying to not freak out. Over the Nov. 20-22 weekend, Blumhouse and Universal’s campy body-swap reboot Freaky came in at No. 1 with $1.2 million in its second outing, a steep 66 percent drop. That’s by far one of the lowest chart-topping grosses of all time — much less for the weekend before Thanksgiving, one of the most lucrative corridors of the…

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